Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: With the landmark case Friedrichs v. California Teacher Association scheduled to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court soon, organized labor is bracing itself for a possible crippling blow.
Rankism, a term coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller, is used to describe "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy". According to Fuller rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
David Love: The recent rash of black church burnings have many African-Americans wondering if this marks a resurgence of the nation’s original terrorists — white supremacists.
Stephanie Jones-Rogers: The truth is that, for most of our nation’s history, many of the people who we consider to be “white” today, would be “colored,” “Negro,” or “black” in times past.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Victory comes backlash. This change in law will not come easy. A movement is already afoot with a 50-state plan to pass “Religious Freedom Restoration” acts to roll back progress.
Robert Gordh: If discrimination completely disappeared, immense gaps of inequality would still yawn between the levels of well being for whites and blacks in important areas of life, including, but not confined to, economics, health, education, and criminal justice.
Rosemary Joyce: The legal debates about marriage equality, in California, in other states, and in Washington, have consistently highlighted the indignities that anti-marriage equality arguments introduced.
David Love: President Obama—or Reverend President—has captured America’s attention on racial inequality. He must make the issue his central theme for his remaining time in office.
David Lee McMullen: Bringing down that flag is an important first step, but that action alone will not end the cultural conflict that has lasted for more than a century, a conflict that continues to wage a propaganda war for the hearts and minds of all Americans, especially those living in the South.
View image | gettyimages.com History and humanity? Sure. But here’s WHY it happened uling 5 to 4, the US Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry — no matter where they live — and the 14 states that had refused to recognize it may no longer […]
ime for some inconvenient truths. The “Confederate Flag” has not “always been a symbol of hate.” Yes, it is time, in the evolution of our culture, for it to come down. But let’s not allow ourselves to buy into lies as an excuse for taking it down. And we don’t need to get into the […]
hould we allow each state to decide whether black Americans can marry white Americans? Today, that idea seems absurd. Most Americans believe that states shouldn’t be permitted to trample the basic right of interracial couples to marry — even if a majority of people in a state want to do so. It would be unfair […]
Carl Matthes: There are really no words. We grieve for the families and for our country. We know our nation cannot go on like this and yet, here we are. Will enough ever be enough? Until we are willing to address race and entrenched racism in this country, the headlines will continue.
David Love: Ultimately we must focus on systemic racism, the pervasive forms of racial oppression that plague our economy, the education system, law enforcement and the judicial system. And if we ignore this painful reality, then we are merely opting for symbolism rather than real change.